It is considered one of the most important parts of the eye: the retina, a layer of cells that uses light to send visual information to the brain. When a retinal vein becomes blocked, it cannot drain blood from the retina. This leads to hemorrhages and leakage of fluid from the blocked blood vessels.
At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Greenbelt, our team of ophthalmologists is skilled at diagnosing and treating RVO, in addition to a wide range of eye conditions, with the goal of maintaining the best eyesight possible for each patient.
RVO is divided into two forms, depending on which retinal vein is blocked: central retinal vein occlusion is the blockage of the main retinal vein; branch retinal vein occlusion is the blockage of one of the smaller branch veins. Both forms can affect the ability to see and can lead to irreversible vision loss if left untreated. Symptoms range from subtle to severe, and can include blurring or loss of vision that gets worse over the time.
While it’s not possible to unblock retinal veins, the most common way to address RVO is to treat the health problems closely associated with the condition — such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma and plaque buildup in the arteries. We can also manage the effects of RVO with ocular injections or focal laser therapy (applying a laser to the affected area to reduce swelling). After carefully evaluating your case, we will determine the best treatment option for you.
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At the office of Retina Group of Washington – Maryland – Greenbelt, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate eye care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.